"Don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own." – Michelle Obama
Company
Green Creek Productions
Melissa Gregory Rue writes, directs, and produces films and series that examine neglected social issues to inspire compassionate action on our planet. Her short drama “Esperanza’s Turn” has screened in 22 festivals around the globe and won seven awards including Best Director at the Oregon Short Film Festival and the Rising Star Award at the Colorado International Activism Film Festival. Currently, Melissa is in post-production on a feature documentary, Live Out Loud, the story of three people experiencing homelessness in Portland, Oregon, who are empowered and begin to heal from childhood trauma by learning to make films. The film was scored by The Gallop Quintet, featuring Kidd Jordan on sax, Hamid Drake on percussion, Alex de Grassi on guitar, and Don Paul on spoken word. In addition to working on her own projects, Melissa co-produces Connectivity Project, a documentary series about people and organizations making a positive impact on our interconnected world. In 2021 she joined the board of the McMinnville Short Film Festival. Before shifting her focus to filmmaking, Melissa taught writing and literature at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon for many years.
  • Producer (2 Credits)
    "Esperanza's Turn"2019
    Short
    "Circles"2014
    Short
  • Writer (2 Credits)
    "Esperanza's Turn"2019
    Short
    "Circles"2014
    Short
  • Director (2 Credits)
    "Esperanza's Turn"2019
    Short
    "Circles"2014
    Short
Finalist - Best International Short
"Esperanza's Turn"
Swedish International Film Festival
Arvika
2021
2nd Place - Women's Issues Themed
"Esperanza's Turn"
New York io Film Festival/Limited Roku Streaming
NYC
2021
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Kalakari Film Festival
Dewas, India
2021
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Children's Film Festival Seattle
Seattle
2021
Best Sound Design
"Esperanza's Turn"
Hollywood International Golden Age Festival
New York
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Studio City International Film & TV Festival
Los Angeles
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Paris Lift-Off Film Festival
Paris
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Portland Film Festival
Portland, Oregon
2020
Finalist
"Esperanza's Turn"
Toronto Film Magazine
Toronto
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival
Los Angeles
2020
Silver Mention - Best Social Issues Film
"Esperanza's Turn"
Phoenix Monthly Film Festival
Maple, Ontario
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Louisville International Film Festival
Louisville, Kentucky
2020
Best Sound Design
"Esperanza's Turn"
Cyrus International Film Festival
Toronto
2020
Best Director Award and Nominee for Best Oregon Film
"Esperanza's Turn"
Oregon Short Film Festival
The Dalles
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
The Short Film Filmmaker's Showcase at Pinewood Studios
London
2020
Rising Star Award for Dramatic Short Film
"Esperanza's Turn"
Colorado International Activism Film Festival
Denver
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
New York Lift-Off Film Festival
Online
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival
Online
2020
Honorable Jury Mention/Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival
Greater Noida, India
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Las Cruces International Film Festival
Las Cruces
2020
Nominee: Best Oregon Filmmaker
"Esperanza's Turn"
McMinnville Short Film Festival
McMinnville
2020
Best Editing
"Esperanza's Turn"
iNDIE Film Festival
Phoenix
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
International Peace & Film Festival
Orlando, Florida
2020
College
Northwest Film Center
Certificate in Filmmaking
20032010
College
Portland State University
M.A. in English Literature
19931995
College
Miami of Ohio
English Literature
19891993
High School
Bourbon County High School, Paris, Kentucky
19851989
Birth Date
February 21, 1971
Current City
Louisville, Kentucky
Hometown
Paris, Kentucky
Married To
David Rue
"For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love."
- Carl Sagan
"Don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own." – Michelle Obama
Company
Green Creek Productions